How much does a mammogram machine cost and how can you decide which one to get? That is what we will discuss in this blog post.
Naturally, the prices between new and used mammography devices differ and by buying a used system you can save a bundle of money.
We have been operating on the market of pre-owned medical equipment for more than 15 years, so you can be sure that we know what we are talking about.
On the market, you can find analog and digital mammography machines, and digital mammography machines with the tomosynthesis option.
To get a quick overview of how much a used mammogram machine cost, look at the following price matrix:
|Analog||Digital||Digital with Tomosynthesis|
|Price||8.000 - 15.000||25.000 - 50.000||60.000+|
Note: The prices are in euros and are for the systems only. They do not include warranty, installation or transport. And we talk about systems that are typically 5 – 10 years old.
Elaboration of the Price Matrix
As you can see from the table, analog mammography machines are the cheapest, and they have low service cost. The price of a system in a good condition is typically between 8.000 to 15.000 euros. However, with an analog unit, you also need a CR system to be able to produce images and because of that, it takes a bit longer time to receive the images. An example of an analog mammography device is the Hologic Lorad M-IV.
These machines were the standard for many years but in 2000, the FDA approved the first full-field digital mammography unit and that dramatically improved image quality and patient flow. In recent years, analog mammography machines became rather rare.
The price of digital mammography machines varies. Whether a used system costs 25.000 or 50.000 euros depends on the age of the digital detector, which is a very expensive part of the machine.
And of course, the younger the digital detector, the more the mammogram machine cost.
And what about the digital mammography devices with tomosynthesis?
Tomosynthesis mammograms are also known as “tomo” or 3D mammograms. These machines were introduced in 2011 and further contributed to the progress and quality of the images.
Thanks to the tomosynthesis option, practitioners can detect breast cancer earlier than ever before.
Digital mammography machines with this option cost over 60.000 euros. Nevertheless, they are still quite difficult to find on the market for pre-owned medical equipment.
How to Determine Which System to Buy?
Often, it is your budget that determines which mammography machine you can buy. However, you should take into account your needs and your situation before buying the system:
- Do you have access to an OEM or any other alternative service provider?
- What kind of facility do you have?
- How many patients do you expect?
- What are the average costs of the examination?
- Do you have any close competitors?
The last question is important, as you will not be able to compete if you get an analog system, while your competitors have digital ones. However, if they have analog units as well, or there are only a few mammograms in the area, an analog might be just fine for you.
When you have these questions answered, it’s easier to find the right system for you.
In conclusion, when deciding which mammography machine to purchase, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages of these systems and weigh them up against your needs. And we are sure that our blog post that covers the pros and cons of analog and digital mammography machines can help you with that.
If you have any questions regarding mammogram machine cost, feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at +45 96 886 500. We are always ready to help.